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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2012
  • pp: 4879–4884

Method for improving terahertz band absorption spectrum measurement accuracy using noncontact sample thickness measurement

Zhi Li, Zhaohui Zhang, Xiaoyan Zhao, Haixia Su, Fang Yan, and Han Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 20, pp. 4879-4884 (2012)

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The terahertz absorption spectrum has a complex nonlinear relationship with sample thickness, which is normally measured mechanically with limited accuracy. As a result, the terahertz absorption spectrum is usually determined incorrectly. In this paper, an iterative algorithm is proposed to accurately determine sample thickness. This algorithm is independent of the initial value used and results in convergent calculations. Precision in sample thickness can be improved up to 0.1 μm. A more precise absorption spectrum can then be extracted. By comparing the proposed method with the traditional method based on mechanical thickness measurements, quantitative analysis experiments on a three-component amino acid mixture shows that the global error decreased from 0.0338 to 0.0301.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4530) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical constants
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: April 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2012
Published: July 9, 2012

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